Thursday, May 12, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Beauty In The Breakdown, Ships Have Sailed, Fire Hot Opera And Sunshine Nights

From Los Angeles, CA comes the debut release from the electric pop band Beauty In The Breakdown titled "Neon." They've shared stages with Iggy Azalea and Ke$ha and band member Chasity Ashley is currently touring with Duran Duran. Their new eight song release begins with the addictive dance/pop energy of "Satellite" and the up-tempo "It's Not Too Late." The electronic beats pulsate through "Deep Love," while "On My Way" brings in a rock vibe to the album's dance pop overtone. To find out more about Beauty In The Breakdown and their latest release "Neon," please visit

Also from Los Angeles, CA comes the acoustic folk/pop artists Ships Have Sailed with their latest release titled "Whispers." The new five-song release begins with the gentle melody of "Lucky" as Ships Have Sailed slowly introduces themselves to you. The acoustic pop tones of "Out Of Time" and the quiet, folk appeal of "Criminal" showcases the strength in their songwriting. The album closes with "Midnight" as the song's stark delivery leaves us with wanting more from this young band. To find out more about Ships Have Sailed and their latest release "Whispers," please visit their Facebook page at

Next, from Chicago comes the red-hot debut album titled "Test Market Fresh" from jazzy-rockers Fire Hot Opera. Influenced by the early days of doo-wop and Broadway soul, their new thirteen-song release is compact and full of energy. Beginning with the smooth jazz of "As Long As I Got Music In Me," you transported back to a simpler time with the song's swinging rhythm. The tempo picks up for the rockabilly flavor of "Make The People Happy" and the sixties soul of "Lovers Owe Much." The mild rock of "Next Time Around" and the upbeat, soul-infused "Laugh When I Feel Like" showcases a band with maturity far beyond just their solo album. To find out more about Fire Hot Opera and their new release "Test Market Fresh," please visit their Facebook page at

Finally, from Brooklyn, NY comes the songwriting partnership of Amy Priya and Stephen Sunshine, known as Sunshine Nights. Their latest release is a short, three-song EP, beginning with acoustic, traditional dixieland jazz of "From Behind" and the storytelling country/folk appeal of "Down On The G." These two songs were recorded in Savannah, GA and New York City, while in between they stopped at Jack White's Third Man Records to record "A Thousand Love Song" in the Voice-o-Graph booth. The scratchiness of the recording works perfectly into the duo's nostalgic style. To find out more about Sunshine Nights and their latest release "3," please visit

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